Sunday, July 30, 2006

"The Passion of the Christ" Just Couldn't Be Anti-Semitic

By Cassandra D

...not with a guy like Mel Gibson in charge. He is a good Christian man who would never blame the Jews unfairly.

Yep, he does the work of our Hebrew Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God who is Love.

Nothing like booze to help a guy show his true colors. And his alcohol level was only 0.12, only one and a half times legally drunk. That's barely drunk (though of course he shouldn't have been driving). Methinks the anti-Semitism lurks pretty darn close to the surface.


At 7:07 AM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

He obviously had too much Kosher wine.

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Brett said...

Cassandra --

I've been a little in the bag and said stuff that when repeated to me later sounded amazingly stupid in my own ears, to the point I sometimes had no idea where it came from. Those things were hardly evidence of my views on the subjects I was talking about. There's a reason that the charge is sometimes called "driving while impaired."

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

Yeah, Brett, but if you, even while impaired, said "Niggers are the real criminals!" we would still get a pretty important view of your character. Booze isn't truth serum, but it doesn't make people repeatedly say things that some part of them doesn't believe. Alcohol didn't make anti=Semitism appear out of thin air within him. And as I said, his breathalizer results indicate that he was barely intoxicated. It isn't uncommon for alcoholics to wander around, walking and talking, with levels 4 times his.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

It's fairly evident that Gibson is an anti-Semite, and it was even before he regaled "Sugar Tits" and the "fucked" cop with how he "owns Malibu" and such.

When he took pains to make sure all the Jewish elders in "Passion of the Christ" looked and acted like a 19th century version of Fagin from "Oliver's Twist," he refused to simply disavow his father's well-known views of a worldwide Zionist conspiracy.

Brett, I've also said things I didn't exactly believe when I was drunk, but a political diatribe to arresting police officers wasn't one of them. I can't erase the fact that I thought "Braveheart" was a great movie, but there's no getting around the fact that Mel Gibson is, in his own words, so fucked.

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

I'd have to agree with Chase and Cassandra on this one. I just don't buy the line that he was drunk so it caused him to say things he really didn't mean.

Mel is obviously crazier and more anti-Semitic than even a Code Pink protestor after a 24-day rolling fast with only Jamba Juice drinks for sustenance. Or a Daily Kos diarist who's had too many lattes and scones at their local Starbucks. Or a Huffington Post writer who sees a Zionist conspiracy around every corner. Or ... well, you get the idea.

I've been pretty f***ed up myself -- including one terrible night of countless cigars and gin and tonics that I'd rather forget, and can barely remember anyway.

But I don't think that even in my most inebriated moments I did anything more out of control than insisting that everyone pay heed to my annoying Godfather impersonation.

I did have a college roommate once who had a Jekyll-and-hide problem with alcohol and flew into rages whenever he got drunk. He busted my color TV set because of something Letterman said, and I never forgave him for that. Both Letterman or my roommate, I mean.

Anyway, Happy Sunday everybody!

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

Uhhh, that would be "Jekyll and Hyde" problem.

Chase, I need an editor stet!

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

I mean "stat" - not "stet" ... um, shutting up now.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Uh-oh, Red Dirt... have YOU been hitting the kosher wine, too ?

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

I don't know, does it make one have hallucinations that Cindy Sheehan is a sexy thang and cause one to start running through the streets of one's neighborhood screaming "War is not the answer!" while requiring everyone to take note of your shiny push-reel mower and new worm composting bin?

If so, yes, I'm afraid I may have imbibed it.

But that's a little off topic.

More important is the fundamental question on the minds of every curious CTTC reader: Will Chase still provide a review of "Apocalypto" when it is released?

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

Mel Gibson much more harmful to society than Cindy Sheehan. Her cause will probably die when George Bush is finally replaced. But Mel Gibson will continue to make millions of dollars and have many "followers" attend his movies.

Obviously the riddle has been solved: the language in "Passion of the Christ" was just drunken gibberish.

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

Flamewhore, you took some unintentional bait there. I wasn't equivocating, just noting in non-sequitur fashion that Cindy Sheehan seems to have chunked up quite a bit during her "fast."

But let me be clear: Being drunk (or in this case, as Cassandra notes, slightly inebriated) does not give one carte blanche to let loose with bigoted, hateful, virulent invective. Especially when one is a mega-superstar with the power to influence millions of people using an emotionally-powerful visual medium known as film. Gibson should be excoriated. That's what is happening right now.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger boinky said...

If the Passion of the Christ was anti Semetic, then why were there no riots and synagogue burnings after it was shown in "redstate America"?

Medically, Gibson's father is a paranoid schizophrenic, and one worries that he has inherited such instability. Yet there seems to be a double standard at play here.

Gibson is never judged by Braveheart, or Mad Max, or even Lethal Weapon...only by a movie that was religious...wonder why?

And how many openly anti Israeli movie actors and producers get a free pass to make movies excoriating Jews and Israel,(e.g. Munich) while a drunken remark is a death sentence to a career?

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Mr. Boinky, aside from the weird nonlogic of your post, I'm really not certain what to say. Goodnight and God bless, Mr. Boinky.

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

Boinky- Mel Gibson is not being judged by what he reads from a script but by his REAL WORDS. Being Anti-semitic is not a certifiable disease, one will not get a disability from the government. It is the job of society to shame people like Gibson and any others who express themselves as immoral assholes.

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Greta McInerney-Spinoza said...

Uh, Mr. Boinky, are you really asking why riots didn't follow the release of Gibson's Passion? Sow the folks a bit of anti-Semitism and they rage and riot and return to the medieval Crusader mentality? (Yes, the Crusaders were among the world's most vicious anti-Semites, torturing and killing Jews both in Europe and the Israel -- and yes, there were plenty of Jews in Israel).

I can't fault Gibson because is father is openly bigoted and denies the Holocaust. I DO fault Gibson for refusing to disavow his father's comments.

Boinky, is it okay to spew hate if you have a certified mental disease?

Gibson did edit the Passion so the English subtitles wouldn't reflect the anti-semitic language of the script. He did NOT edit the script itself -- at least, according to viewers who understand aramaic and latin.

However, this doesn't matter, does it? If people didn't riot, there was no problem -- at least, that's what you said.

It's not a secret that Gibson doesn't like Jews. He just hasn't gone on a public rant before.

What Gibson has taught -- while it DOES HURT OTHERS to unleash poison on them, the poisoner suffers the most toxicity. Gibson's poison hurt him more than anyone else.

Eventually, our masks come off and our true selves are revealed.

Finally, no human being should be "judged" by his work. Jewish tradition says that when we die, the first question God will have is: how did you treat other people?

Gibson isn't being judged because of any of his movies but by the hateful impulses that went into one. As far as the rest of the movies, most of them are violent and I can't stand them. So, if we do judge a man by his movies, that doesn't help his cause with me!

In interest of full disclosure, I stopped listening to one of my formerly favorite singers, Cat Stevens, when he agreed with the Ayatollah's death sentence on Salman Rushdie. I stopped watching one of my favorite moviemakers, Woody Allen, when he had an affair with his (adopted) daughter.

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous turtle said...

While we're all trashing Mel Gibson, let's not forget also that he is a great big homophobe. The death of a queer played for comic relief in Braveheart was the single most disgusting thing I've ever seen in a multiplex.

ps - I find it more than a little ironic that Woody Allen and Soon Yi have one of the longest-lasting and seemingly healthiest celebrity relationships You're liable to find.

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

Just think turtle, when Zahara Jolie-Pitt grows up she too can marry her daddy Brad Pitt.

At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

Awww ... isn't that sweet?

Now who's been sipping the kosher wine? :-)


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